RECIPE: Grape Harvest Shortbread made with Sangiovese grapes from the 2017 vintage at Barbi.
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RECIPE: Grape Harvest Shortbread made with Sangiovese grapes from the 2017 vintage at Barbi.

SCHIACCIATA CON L’UVA DEI BARBI Grape Harvest Shortbread made with Sangiovese grapes from the 2017 vintage at Barbi. By Taverna dei Barbi chef Lucia Megalli. Ingredients: 25 grams beer yeast 500 grams flour 300 grams water 200 grams sugar extra-virgin olive oil (preferably Tuscan) 1 kilogram Sangiovese grapes Dissolve the beer yeast in 100 ml … Continue reading

Brunello vintage 2017 update from Stefano: A very early and very strange vintage…
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Brunello vintage 2017 update from Stefano: A very early and very strange vintage…

Sangiovese at Fattoria dei Barbi, August 28, 2017: Brown seeds, solid and crunchy, sweet berries with richly colored must. The phenolic ripeness seems to be well developed and so do the sugars. But today is August 28. And looking back over two centuries of record-keeping, I have never seen a harvest quite like this. I … Continue reading

Leading wine critic Michael Godel: “Barbi is a best of both worlds Brunello for both consumer and collector”
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Leading wine critic Michael Godel: “Barbi is a best of both worlds Brunello for both consumer and collector”

The following is leading Canadian wine critic Michael Godel’s (recently published) tasting note on the 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore, which he tasted earlier this year. You can read all of Michael’s notes from the 2017 Benvenuto Brunello tasting here, including notes on a number of Barbi’s current releases. Fattoria dei Barbi 2012 … Continue reading

PANZANELLA COOK-OFF! Feast of the Blessed John Colombini July 30 at Fattoria dei Barbi…
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PANZANELLA COOK-OFF! Feast of the Blessed John Colombini July 30 at Fattoria dei Barbi…

Above: “An Episode in the Life of Blessed John Colombini” by fifteenth-century painter and miniaturist Priamo della Quercia (image via Wikipedia). I’m sure that Stefano will be able to tell us more about the people portrayed in this panel and what they are doing. But I imagine they are Sienese aristocrats who are imploring John … Continue reading

The POWER of PANZANELLA: One of the world’s humblest yet most renowned dishes
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The POWER of PANZANELLA: One of the world’s humblest yet most renowned dishes

Don’t miss the Panzazella Cook-Off Challenge this weekend at the Fattoria dei Barbi! The Blessed Panzanella A Gastronomic Competition mostly but not wholly for the fun of it Dedicated to this classic rustic Tuscan dish and its inventor, the Blessed Giovanni Colombini. Sunday, July 30, 2017 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS. … Continue reading

The best wine pairing for steak? Sangiovese, of course, as any Tuscan will tell you!
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The best wine pairing for steak? Sangiovese, of course, as any Tuscan will tell you!

Tuscany has always had some of the greatest beef in the world. A lot of people don’t realize that, historically, much of the region has been devoted to pasture-based ranching. Especially as you move toward the coast, you move into Tuscan cowboy country. Tuscany is renowned for its Chianina breed of cattle, one of the … Continue reading